THE WILD ONE


First Published 1967 by Collins

First edition. Click to enlarge
Collins 1967 First Edition
illustrated by Geoffrey Whittam

Set in Punchbowl Farm, Surrey.

Peter plays an important role in this, the last book to be written around Punchbowl Farm. It is set in September. Rissa and Roger have extended their stay with the Thorntons following the devastating farm fire. The story deals with a wild cat roaming loose in the Punchbowl.

The last appearance of Rissa and Roger, from the Sussex series.

First edition: blue boards, silver blocking; plain front board; 135x200mm; 190pp; title page vignette, 16 line illustrations (one full page) and 2 chapter end illustrations; new map (version 3) by Charles Green has small inset drawing of the Farmhouse.
Dustwrapper rear advertises Fire in the Punchbowl; cover price 13s 6d net.


Other Editions:

Engelbert (peb Bücherei) 1973:
Hardback; with dustwrapper; as Ein Pumababy für Pat.
This lovely book is slightly taller than the first edition, being 8 x 5.5 inches (205x140mm); tan cloth with figure of young puma on the front board; 188pp; none of the original illustrations, but Charles Green's map appears on the front endpaper.
The dustwrapper is a wrap-around design in full colour by Ulrik Schramm. There is no cover price on the book, but the ISBN 3-536-00355-9 is given on the back.

The front cover shows Pat approaching the wild cat of the title. For some reason, Lindsey is renamed for this book, although all the other names are retained as originals.
The translation into German is by Ilona Paar

Engelbert edition wrapper. Click to enlarge
Engelbert edition dustwrapper
by Ulrik Schramm 1973
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The decorated cover of the
Engelbert edition
by Ulrik Schramm

Girls Gone By Publishers April 2010:
paperback cover. Click to enlarge
Girls Gone By edition
2010
In addition to a new preface by Shelley Edwards, illustrated by family photographs, Brian Parks has contributed two articles to this edition, one on The Surrey Puma and the second an introduction to The Real Devil's Punch Bowl describing with the assistance of old postcard views, this fascinating feature bordering the Farm.

Joy Wotton's articles on the author and the book are included, as is my short Publishing History.

All of Geoffrey Whittam's illustrations are included, as is the new map by Charles Green. Also Included is his previous map - giving the names of the farm fields - which will be helpful for the new reader to find their way around the farm lands themselves. ('Little Orchard' is incorrectly placed on this map and its location was corrected for the new one.)

There are 227 numbered pages. ISBN 978-1-84745-086-9; originally published at £12, inclusive of UK postage.

(This edition is currently (2015) out of print but may be available new or secondhand from various dealers)


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